The 216th edition of The FOX – is in the shops now and will be on sale before the Manchester City game…
It features: An exclusive interview with classy ’90s defender Pontus Kåmark; Opening Shots – Brawl of the Season competition; Fully Programmed from the Brian Little Era; Fox Diary – some you win – some you lose; the latest news from the Foxes Trust; Foxed in the Head – on chewy, own goals and those ski hats; Rewind – John Farrington gets into the Kop for nowt; The History of Leicester City in 100 Objects; VAR – is it bad or really bad?; John Hutchinson, on the season when City broke the British transfer record; your letters and Bentley’s Roof, and Fanatical Frank’s winter break…
The most fun you can have for £2.50…
Pontus Kåmark Interview extract…
FOX: You’d had a very successful six years at IFK Gothenburg before you opted to join City who were then in the second tier. How did you come to that decision?
PK: There were a couple of reasons. When I was moving here, one of the board members at Gothenburg said: “How can you sign for Leicester?!”. At that time we were playing Champions League quarter-finals, we beat Manchester United 3-1, we were playing against Barcelona and Bayern Munich. I had five Champions medals, and I’d played in a World Cup semi-final for Sweden and I felt like I had done it all. I wanted to move on, but that wasn’t so easy in the pre-Bosman Ruling days. Back then the club could say, ‘Sorry, we don’t want to sell you’ and they didn’t. Sporting Lisbon tried to sign me and Gothenburg said no. When Leicester came in the picture I thought there was no way it would go through, but then they put a proper offer on the table. Gothenburg told me ‘You are not worth this much!’. It doesn’t sound like big money now, it was about 900,000 euros, but it was three times what Sporting Lisbon had offered. 300,000 euros was about right for a defender from Sweden at that time, so they were happy to let me go. We agreed on personal terms and then I thought, maybe I should go. England was an attractive proposition, they have shown English football on the TV in Sweden for nearly as long as they have in England. A couple of months ago we had a celebration for fifty years of English football on the TV. The Swedes are very close to English football.
Before I moved to Gothenburg Brian Clough had wanted to sign me for Nottingham Forest, so there was that thought that I should come over here. In 1995 I took the decision, and then four months later the Bosman Ruling changed the football world.
I am so pleased that I made that decision. That first season at Leicester we were promoted to the Premier League and those seasons were a great experience for me, we won a cup and there was a great team spirit in the side. And I still come back here and have some great friends in Leicester. It was the right club, if I’d gone somewhere like Arsenal I would be forgotten and no one would want to interview me today!
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